What is a virtual orthodontic consultation/ smile assessment?

Maybe you’ve heard of “virtual orthodontic consultations” or “virtual smile assessments” recently, but aren’t sure what exactly these entail. After all, virtual consultations are relatively new!

We’re here to answer your questions and tell you everything you need to know about virtual orthodontic consultations. We’ll discuss:

  • How and why virtual consultations gained popularity 
  • Why we offer virtual smile assessments
  • What you can expect from a virtual consultation
  • How to request one


Safer care with virtual consultations

Up until recently, you had to travel to a new orthodontist office for your initial consultation. Technology wasn’t yet at the point where orthodontists could assess your smile, send you cost estimates and begin your orthodontic treatment plan through your phone – all in a timely manner.

During the COVID pandemic, when everyone’s health and safety were at the forefront of our minds, telemedicine and virtual care took off! We started offering virtual smile assessments as a way of still serving our community by providing quality orthodontics – in a way that was safe and convenient for new patients. 

Whether you’re looking for a way to minimize in-person contact, or you have school/work/children duties that make it difficult to take time out of your day to drive to an orthodontist, completing a virtual smile assessment is the perfect way to start the treatment process conveniently on your terms. 


What to expect with a virtual orthodontic consultation

When you complete a virtual orthodontic consultation, you’ll get to connect with one of our orthodontists and find out if you’re a good candidate for braces, Invisalign® or Spark™ clear aligners – without leaving your home!

To get started, all you have to do is 

  1. Open the Smile Assessment Assistant in the bottom right corner of this page.
  2. Tell us a little about yourself or the person who needs treatment.
  3. Snap a few photos and hit “Send!”

Within 24-48 hours, you’ll receive your personalized smile assessment and cost estimate from Dr. Nease, Dr. Thomas, Dr. Horvath or Dr. Higginbotham!

When your smile assessment is ready, here’s how to access it:

  1. Once we review your photos and create your assessment, you’ll receive an email with a link to log into our secure, online portal.
  2. Follow the link in that email, and then choose “If you completed a virtual consultation on our website, please click here to create a password.”
  3. Enter into the box the email that you used to send in your information. You’ll then receive an email to “reset” (create new) a password.

Then, all you have to do is schedule a complimentary, in-office exam to come see us and get ready to take your smile to the Nth Degree! By the time you visit us for your in-person orthodontic exam, you’ll be one step ahead of the game.


Benefits of virtual orthodontic consultation

Virtual orthodontic consultations are convenient, easily-accessible from anywhere with an internet connection, and free! 

You don’t have to take time off work or school to visit an orthodontist and start the treatment process. Instead, you can kick back on the couch and schedule a virtual consultation at a time that works best for you. 

If you live in a rural or remote area, virtual consultations can be a convenient solution for you to find out if you’re a good candidate for orthodontics. 

A free virtual consultation is an excellent way for you to explore your treatment options, get a better understanding of what to expect during the orthodontic treatment process, and connect with an orthodontist with no travel commitment. 


How to find the right virtual orthodontist

If you’re looking for a virtual braces appointment or virtual appointment for Invisalign, it’s important that you choose a highly-experienced and qualified orthodontist who offers virtual smile assessments

At Nth Degree Orthodontics, our orthodontists have over 50 years of experience providing doctor-designed, doctor-led, customized treatments plans. Most of our team members have been with us for 20+ years too! Our expertise enables us to create exceptional results for our patients – every single time.

We value patient education and will always take the time to explain the process to you. Educating our patients and ensuring that you’re comfortable and informed about your treatment are how we achieve the best results.


Get started today!

If you live near West Spartanburg, East Spartanburg, Duncan, Gaffney or Union, we encourage you to schedule a free virtual smile assessment with us, or request a free in-person consultation with us!  However you’d prefer to get started, we’re more than happy to accommodate you.

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